Friday, October 27, 2006

Uncles and Baseball

This is the sports section of a 1940 Marietta Daily Journal.

I have three uncles, in the pictures. They are all on the Hunter side, therefore, all brothers.

The 3rd from the left on the first row is Doug Hunter, who almost went professional.

The 2nd from the right onthe first row is Stanley Hunter, who was also a very good sportsman, in baseball and football.

On the 2nd row, the first guy on the left, is Dick Hunter, the youngest of the Hunter brothers. I wonder why he isn't in uniform? Too young? Was he the bat boy? After his Navy time and years at Lockheed Planning Department he went on to become Mayor of Marietta.

The next man standing to Dick is the manager, Al Bishop. Al later became manager of the Larry Bell sports park compex. He seemed to have materialized when all us kids were on the verge of trouble. Now, there is a sporting complex named after him, out near County Farm Road.

This was summer of 1940. About a year a and a half before the U.S.A. found itself in war, which included these baseball players.

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Blogger Button Gwinnett said...

Can you imagine having been their age at that time? It had to be a mixed blessing to come along then. So much to gain and to lose during the next decade with a world war, but also a booming economy and job market around the corner.

Have you ever read Brokaw's "Greatest Generation?" I believe they truly were. That's why I was so glad to see our national World War II Memorial open in 2004.

5:54 AM  
Blogger ET said...

You may have a point.
They saw and moved a lot of history. But, I think every generation is the best generation and maybe also the worse the generation, if that generation is much younger than you.

10:12 AM  
Blogger Button Gwinnett said...

Good point Eddie. It's all about perspective. My dad was almost 50 when I was born, so he's been gone for a while. Every now and then, I compare my life so far to his when he was my age. The last 60 years of the 20th century were truly amazing.

10:41 AM  
Blogger ET said...

You are right, the human race did leaps and bounds of progress from 1940 up... from a land that few had telephones to a land that few don't have computers.
On our trip to the Outer Banks and the Wright Memorial, the quick progress in aviation numbs my brain to think about it. Like man's first flight in a self-propelled vehicle was 1903- and less than 20 years later the Germans, French, British, and Americans were doing dog fights almost a mile up in the sky. That does a lot of engineering.

1:59 PM  

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